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When you visit San Francisco, you can thank SPUR for their work to create the city you visit.

Across the country, the American Planning Association is trying to shape American cities into “living communities.”

And around the globe, planning groups under the auspices of the Urban Land Institute are also tackling issues related to planning and the built environment.

All these efforts demonstrate the power of intentional actions by a dedicated and professional group of people.

But in Los Angeles, there is no SPUR-type group.

ULI and APA have chapters here, but they’re focused (rightfully so) on planning issues. Groups like the Westside Urban Forum, too, tackle local, city-building initiatives. But in the second largest city in the U.S., there had been a void for impact-makers to gather in order to tackle the issues limiting the health and livability of Los Angeles civic community. The City Impact Lab strives to fill that void.

Read “Why I started the City Impact Lab.”

Founded in 2014, the City Impact Lab works to enable and empower individuals, businesses, and organizations to make an impact in their city. By bringing various sectors together generally and with specific intent, the City Impact Lab supports those working to make a difference in the civic space. From businesses to government to non-profits to media, L.A.’s various sectors are made up of individuals who have a desire to be a part of the solution.

And there’s no need to reinvent the wheel here.

The City Impact Lab’s vision is simple:

  • a more civically literate and engaged citizenry
  • a community of connections
  • a focus on realistic outcomes and resources that are available and accessible to those wanting to do the work and make a difference

The first City Impact Lab breakfast was held in September 2014 at Phillippe’s in Downtown L.A., and has been highlighting dozens of impact-makers each year, inspiring action and collaboration along the way.

Learn more about why John and the Stratiscope team started the City Impact Lab.